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Rustic + Whimsical Kansas Wedding

There is something seriously sweet about a hometown wedding, and this next slice of pretty is no exception. With a ranch inspired setting graced with rustic touches, this darling duo exchanged vows in one sentimental ceremony. Adrienne Maples & Ashlee Brewer were behind the lens capturing it all, and you can see the entire day unfold here!

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From the beautiful Bride… I was never the girl who dreamed of her wedding day and thought about the dress and the flowers and any of that stuff. I actually suggested maybe doing something small, but it turns out that the man I was marrying was the little boy that dreamed of his wedding day. And I am so glad he was because after it was all said and done it was the best weekend of our lives and I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way!

Hayden and I live in Brazil but we decided to have the wedding in my hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. Hayden grew up near Boston and we had friends and family coming from all over the place, many of which had never been to the Midwest before. Because of this I felt it was important to show the charm of my hometown, we didn’t want to show our guests who were traveling all this way, the inside of a hotel ballroom. We wanted them to see the beauty of Kansas.

The Circle S Ranch provided the perfect location. The ranch is located about 15 minutes outside of Lawrence on hundreds of acres with longhorns and buffalo roaming the pastures. They have a 12 suite Inn where our wedding party stayed for the weekend. Our main objective was to have a blast with our friends and family and get to spend quality time with those we love but don’t get to see so often. Another reason we chose the ranch is we were able to rent the entire place for the weekend so we could do whatever we wanted, as late as we wanted. The band played at the reception until 1am and then we moved the party over to the Inn and had a bonfire, music and late night snacks.

Living so far away was a little tough for the planning. I am a very creative person and I wanted to do as much as I could to add little unique touches to the wedding day. My parents helped a ton and made the personalized mason jars, collected old bottles and jars for flower and candle displays. My mom designed all the programs, invitations and made all the burlap table runners. We had a photo booth instead of a guestbook for people to leave a note with fun photos, we hand wrote all the tags for seating and hung them on an old door, handmade a fabric flower for the flower girl dress, made pinwheels for the wedding cake topper from old vintage maps, lots of little Pinterest-esque things like that.

The day of the wedding was hot, like mid 90s Kansas summer hot. The ceremony was outside in a beautiful grove of trees about 100 yards from the Inn and was to start at 7pm. Around 4:30 a huge thunderstorm came rolling in, which sounds like a disaster but turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise. The rain lasted until about 6:15 and it cooled everything down to a very nice mid 70’s. The staff quickly ran down and wiped off the chairs and everything was ready to go. The guys wore matching blue suits with coral ties and the girls wore a short coral dress of their choice. The ceremony was lovely with a friend of ours singing “somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world” as we walked down the aisle and buffalo were mooing throughout the ceremony.

Immediately after the ceremony while the guests enjoyed cocktails, our photographer scooped us up in a golf cart and took us on quite a rocky and muddy ride up to a pasture where the longhorns were roaming. On the ride up as bugs were flying in my face I was a little unsure if trusting Adrienne (our photographer) was the right move. But as soon as we got up there and saw how gorgeous it was with the animals we had no doubts at all. This was one of the most memorable parts of the day and she got some incredible photos!

The reception was held in the barn and set up with 5 long tables and simple flower arrangements and candles lined up down the center. We wanted the feel to be rustic and romantic but also relaxed nothing over the top. The colors we chose were corals and greens with some twigs, green burlap table runners and white linens. Everyone drank from mason jars which doubled as name tags for meeting others. Dinner was pulled pork with whipped sweet potatoes and we had homemade pies and carrot cake for dessert. The band was set up outside, there were twinkle lights and hanging candles, couches and hay bale seats, all while an old covered wagon served as the outdoor bar. It was just the perfect setting.

The entire weekend was way more than we could have hoped for. Our families and friends all meshed together and had a blast. The fun and dancing went on for hours and Hayden’s sister even got up and sang with the band for a few songs. It was the perfect weekend and we are grateful for everyone who made it so memorable and special for us.

Photography: Adrienne Maples & Ashlee Brewer | Floral Design: Maple Lane Designs | Wedding Dress: Emily Hart Bridal | Cake: Bella Roca Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anthropologie | Makeup: Jolie Makeup Artistry | Hair: Moxie Design Studios | Entertainment: Kokomo | Groomsmen's Attire: The Tie Bar | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Groomsmen's Attire: Colorful Ties | Venue: Circle S Ranch | Photo Booth: Black Ice Booths

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WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions. 

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)!the-giveawayWhat: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

How: To enter, go here!

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WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions.

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)! the-giveaway What: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us your why you would love a morning or evening session with the fantastic WASIO photography!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on April 17, 2015! *Session must take place in Chicago or mutually agreed location on mutually agreed date. The giveaway includes session time plus eight WASIO Signature Edit high resolution photos. Online gallery will include all of the final images from the session and clients will have the option to purchase prints of additional images or add a USB of all high res images.  

For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! Sponsored-Post

Tuscan-Inspired Summer Country Club Wedding

Designed around the idea of an al fresco Tuscan dinner party, these summer nuptials managed to bring that perfect sense of Italian charm to Kansas City. With vendors like Jessica SloaneSimple Elegance and Branches & Twigs behind-the-scenes, the result is casual elegance done right and the proof is in the pudding. More from Brumley & Wells in the gallery right here.

From Brumley and WellsWith the creative talent and vision of Jessica Sloane, Kyle and Joel’s wedding was perfectly executed with the class and style of a Tuscan-inspired wedding. The entire day was gorgeous, and the natural landscape that’s so abundant around Kansas City and the Country Club was a perfect accompaniment to the stylistic elements from the day. The day was most clearly defined, however, by the obvious and abundant love shared between Kyle and Joel and their wedding guests and friends. It was such an honor to be there and to witness their celebration.

Photography: Brumley And Wells | Videography: Henke Cinema | Event Design: Jessica Sloane | Event Planning: Lisa Forbes | Floral Design: Branches & Twigs | Cake: Rebekah Foster Cake Artist | Ceremony Venue: Country Club United Methodist | Reception Venue: Kansas City Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Skyline Salon | Lighting: Lander's Visions | Band: Musivo Live | Men's Attire: N Valentino | Transportation: Horizon Limo | Painting: Heirloom Live Painting

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Kristin La Voie Photography + A Discount + A Giveaway!

http://kristinlavoie.comAround these parts, Kristin La Voie Photography is totally legend.  An award winning photographer recently named one of the Best Wedding Photographers of 2015, she is a serious expert at capturing each and every gorgeous moment of your day as it unfolds naturally.  In other words?  Stunning images for you, and a whole lot of swooning for those of us here at SMP.  We call that a win-win, lovelies.

A specialist in film photography, and one of the leading film photogs in the Chicago area, we’ve been obsessed with Kristin’s work since the very moment we laid our eyes on her breathtaking captures.  Think beautiful light-filled images that document your day in the prettiest of ways.  With Kristin La Voie Photography, you’ll have those special moments you didn’t even realize were being captured (she’s that good, people) to remember for always.  And, bonus.  Kristin La Voie Photography recently launched KLP BEAUTY, a brand new site totally devoted to capturing all of you stunning brides pre-wedding in a beautiful + oh-so-romantic light.  It’s boudoir reinvented, and it’s totally awesome.

Contact Kristin La Voie Photography today to get started on your amazing journey.  And don’t forget that Kristin is offering SMP readers $300 off any 2015 wedding package through March 31st!

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Kristin La Voie Photography is giving away a Boudoir Mini Session to one lucky SMP reader, which will include session time (30 minutes) and digital images!*  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your most beautiful feature!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 27, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

*Boudoir session must be held at a location within 20 miles of 60174.  Value $450. 

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